Summer Careers Academy
What: Summer Careers Academy (Read the Oct 2021 announcement!)
When: Launching Summer 2022 with a focus on the skilled trades
Where: Orange County, NC (Location TBD)
Who: This summer workforce development program is:
- Designed for: Rising juniors and seniors at Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools, with a special focus on serving the needs of youth from refugee and migrant families as well as low income students and students of color.
- Designed by: A diverse coalition that includes representatives from educational institutions, employer groups, and governmental agencies as well as community volunteers and experts. The coalition is led by a steering committee that is dedicated to building a skilled talent pipeline for the future.
- Inspired by: Catawba Valley Construction Career Academy.
- Informed by: The findings from the Skilled Construction Trades Study (press release featuring key findings), which was commissioned by the Orange County Board of Commissioners, funded by the Orange County Government, and conducted by The Chamber.
- Funded by: NC Education and Innovation Workforce Commission and Kenan Charitable Trust.
Background: The coalition was ignited in March of 2021 by Chapel Hill Town Council Member Tai Huynh. The original intent was to re-establish an apprenticeship program in the skilled trades with the Town of Chapel Hill and in doing so, better reach children of refugees and other underserved populations with new training opportunities for careers that provide a living wage. The working group expanded the vision to engage more employers and industries and developed the summer careers academy concept. By Summer 2021, the coalition secured public and private funds to bring to life the vision for a new pre-apprenticeship program in the skilled trades, called the Summer Careers Academy, launching in the Summer 2022 and beyond.
Contact: For questions, contact Chamber Vice President of External Affairs, Katie Loovis, (919) 696-0781 (cell).